Jesus taught that people should pay taxes to the Roman authorities, as demonstrated by his response to a joint attempt by the Herodians and Pharisees to make him stumble in front of them. Jesus asked them to produce a coin, which was an Antiochan tetradrachm bearing the head of Caesar, and then said "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's". This phrase has been interpreted as commanding people to respect state authority and pay taxes demanded of them. Jesus also reminded his interrogators that they should give “to God what is God’s”, serving as a reminder to prioritize their relationship with God over their relationship with the government.
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